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Dear brothers and sisters,[a] you are dearly loved by God and we know that he has chosen you to be his very own.[b]

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  1. 1:4 Although the Greek uses the term brothers (adelphoi), it is intended to express the group identity of those who follow Christ and not meant to be gender exclusive. Paul uses the term eighteen times in five chapters. First Thessalonians could be called Paul’s friendliest letter. He describes himself as a “father” and “mother” to them (2:7, 11) and calls them his “joy” and “trophy” (2:19).
  2. 1:4 The perfect tense of the verb implies that God loved them in the past and continues to love them in the same way.